A Tennessee favorite catch of the day is flake-tender catfish of the best quality. Fried catfish is considered a quintessential southern dish, along with sweet tea, fried chicken, sweet potato pie and hush puppies.
Southern restaurants and rural fish lovers dote on its sweet flavor. Catfish is often fried with a little cornmeal, salt and oil, served up crispy, golden and delicious, attested by diners at Nashville's famous Arnold's Country Kitchen. Experience an outstanding catfish dinner on the water: cruise or drive to Lighthouse Restaurant at Cookeville Boat Dock. Across the street from Reelfoot State Park Visitor's Center, Boyette's Dining Room draws diners from a four-state area for its legendary catfish dinners. Blue Bank Fish House & Grill, also in the Tiptonville area, brings out heaping helpings of grilled catfish, white beans, salad with Blue Bank Bleu Cheese, baked apples and homemade rolls with strawberry butter.
Chefs around the country are now emulating Tennessee kitchens and eateries by crafting new ways to cook and eat what was once considered a very lowly fish. Blackened catfish is a variation on the traditional southern preparation, paying homage to the cherished Caribbean way with spices. Popular recipes for catfish include serving it broiled, grilled, sauteed, poached, smoked, pan seared and in a stew or soups. Food textures and flavors serving as complements for catfish are coleslaw, onions rings, the must-have hush puppies, fried green tomatoes and browned potatoes. Accompanying sauces that pair well with catfish are piquant cocktail, horseradish--with a kick, tartar or catsup.
Pickwick Catfish Farm
Two hours east of Memphis and 4 miles west of Pickwick Dam, Tennessee is the home Pickwick Catfish Farm. There you'll find some of the tastiest fried and smoked catfish anywhere. ...more
Pig N Whistle
Pig N Whistle is home to great Memphis-style ribs and barbecue. Known for their distinctive and extensive barbecue menu, Pig N Whistle offers ribs, in slabs & half-slabs, done right with your choice of "wet, dry or muddy" treatment. ...more
Riverfront Seafood Co.
Some say we are obsessed with freshness. What started as a fresh seafood market and deli has expanded over the years to create the freshest and most varied seafood dishes around. ...more
The first salsa nightclub located in downtown Memphis, The Rumba Room is introducing Latin culture to the midsouth through food, music and dance. The Rumba Room specializes in Latin food, tropical mixed drinks and live entertainment. ...more
Season's Gifts & Dining
SUMMER CLEARANCE 30-50% OFF! BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY PARTY details can be ironed out later Enjoy Southern cooking and southern hospitality set in an early 1900's atmosphere-decorated to the "Seasons" of the year. Gifts for all occasions, seasonal home decor, bridal and baby registry. ...more
Soda Pop Junction
An old-fashioned soda shop, established in 1860, at the site of the Lynnville Railroad Museum. Home of award-winning burgers and shakes, as well as steaks, sandwiches, and old-fashioned ice cream. ...more
South Street Original Smokehouse, Crab Shack and Authentic Dive Bar
Southern urban cuisine, lively atmosphere with open-air dining, tree house oyster bar, Saturday and Sunday brunch, dinner and late-night menus. Seafood specialties, salads with house-made dressings, great sandwiches and old-fashioned sides. ...more